Thursday, February 17, 2011

Around the Grounds

It was a beautiful day to be outside and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to show a few of our guests around the Gardens.  Both couples (one from New York, the other from Maine) took the initiative to ask for a tour; it's great to see such interest!  All involved were very enthusiastic throughout the time we spent together, and I enjoyed very much sharing with them all about our collections here at Kona Kai, including the ways in which each plant is unique and connected in some way to mankind.  I was happy to hear each guest mention how they were impressed by the way the landscape has been so beautifully designed and well-maintained, commenting on how once they arrive in the parking lot, they feel transported to a lush oasis of sorts.  Quite accurate in my opinion, and a wonderful affirmation for all the hard work the owners and staff have put into these grounds to make them what they are today.  The guests were very enthusiastic to learn more about the plants and with only a month under my belt here, I'm just as excited to continue to learn more about them myself!  Hopefully we will be able to attract many more garden/plant enthusiasts to Kona Kai; it is great fun sharing and discussing all that I am learning about these fascinating plants with our guests.

FYI - The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai will officially open at the end of March.  Tours for the public will be by appointment only and there will be a nominal charge.  Tour times and dates are yet to be determined.  The best place to get the most current info about the gardens is at our website at

Rick Hederstrom
Associate Director

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